After seeing some of the shock results last night in the Capital One Cup, it will be a difficult game for Newcastle at Morecambe, where we expect Alan Pardew to give the fringe players and youngsters their big chance.
Sammy Ameobi – has looked good so far this season
Fabricio Coloccini will be rested and Newcastle will be captained tonight by Yanga-Mbiwa.
The League Two side, England’s fourth tier of football, have four points from their first four games and are placed 19th of 24 teams currently, with Newcastle having just one point from our first two league games and third bottom of the Premier League.
It’s difficult to know just how strong a side Alan Pardew will field tonight, but this is now an important competition for Newcastle, and obviously the goal is to reach the third round tonight, and if necessary this game will go to extra time and penalties to get a result.
This is what Alan said in the local press today:
“We’ve brought them here.” “Now they have to justify it.” “In view of that it is a mixed bag of experienced players and people who need to step up.”
“I hope that the fans can see players out there that they don’t always see a lot of.” “I hope they see people they warm to and that they can see why players like that were brought to the football club.”
“We have paid a lot of money for some of these players.” “I thought last year some of their performances didn’t warrant their price tags.”
“I am looking to one or two of this team to show me that they should be in the squad because it is a big, big game for this football club.”
“We all know we haven’t won or scored yet.” “I am putting my faith in a few of my players because I need to.” “We have 23 professionals in our squad.”
“Some of them we have paid £2M-3M for.” “We want to see proper performances. I think that it would give us a great boost if they could actually put in performances that make us think ‘Wow, hold on a minute!’”
“Sammy Ameobi is an example.” “He’s done brilliantly pre-season.” “Fans haven’t seen much of him that didn’t see pre-season.” “He came on Saturday and it wasn’t to a great ovation.”
“But I thought he put a great little cameo in.” “He has definitely moved up a level.” “Now he needs to put in 90 minutes.”“Then suddenly we might look at Sammy and think he should be in the team.”
“That’s what needs to happen.” “It is not going to be our first team – make no bones about that.” “But it’s a team that should beat Morecambe, and it is a team of senior Newcastle United footballers, they should win, that’s it.”
That’s a call to arms for the fringe players and youngsters at Newcastle United, and they let the club down last season, after we had so many injuries, and now they will get another big chance tonight.
Maybe this is the side Alan Pardew will start tonight:
Santon Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa (c) Dummett
Marveaux Anita Gosling Ameobi (Sa)
Ameobi (Sh) Vuckic
This reminds us of the game two years ago at Scunthorpe, which wasn’t easy, but a great Ryan Taylor free kick after 80 minutes got us the 1-1 draw at full-time, and a great Sammy Ameobi goal in injury time saw us through to the next round by a score of 2-1.
A defeat would be very hard to take, so we have to hope players like Dan Gosling, Mike Williamson (if he’s fit), Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic take their chance, and show us they can have big futures at the club.
We definitely need a win tonight.
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